Friday, January 06, 2012

Crafts: EZ Mat Board Note Pads

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This is an easy project and the cost in minimal. How fun to gift this at showers, birthdays or other special occasions. You can whip up a dozen or so in just over an hour. Here's what you will need:

  • Mat board, the kind used for framing pictures
  • Scrapbook paper that coordinates with the mat board
  • 1 1/2-inch Binder clips (I purchased mine at Staples)
  • 7/8 inch ribbon to match your scrapbook paper. This is the ribbon that will cover the top of the writing pad. (about 12 inches, you can trim as needed)
  • Miscellaneous 1/4 and 3/4 inch ribbons that coordinate with your color theme. I used six ribbons in lengths of 4 1/2 to 6 inches. You can trim as needed.
  • 5 x 8 writing pad
  • Double sided tape

How To

  1. Cut mat board into 6 x 8 1/2 sections. Places like Michaels may do that for free if you purchase a full sheet. If not, the cutting fees are nominal. An Exacto knife and ruler or commercial paper cutter can also be used.
  2. Cut scrapbook paper the same size as the mat board. Use double side tape to adhere the paper to the mat board. Align carefully. I prefer to cut the scrapbook paper slightly bigger than the mat board. I then adhere and trim the excess with an Exacto knife. This ensures that the paper is neatly aligned.
  3. Using double sided tape adhere the 7/8 inch ribbon to the top of the note pad. Wrap around to the back side.
  4. Cut the 3/8 and 1/4 inch ribbon and tie to the binder clip.
  5. Using binder clip, attached the note pad to the mat board.
Simple, elegant, affordable and practical!

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